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Kidnapping charges dropped against ‘armed’ robber

Posted: March 15, 2018 4:17 p.m.
Updated: March 16, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Christopher Lewis Tyler

During a preliminary hearing on March 8, the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office dropped two counts of kidnapping against Christopher Lewis Tyler, 39, of Spears Creek Road, Lugoff.

Tyler is the man accused of walking into Circle K gas stations at the corner of DeKalb and Mill streets and on North Broad Street in Camden on January 24 and attempting to rob them by claiming an associate was in an SUV with firearms. In the first case, clerks at the scene refused to cooperate; in the second case, a clerk believed Tyler and handed him an undisclosed amount of money.

The Camden Police Department (CPD) put out surveillance images of the SUV Tyler allegedly used in the robberies. Two days later, a Kershaw County deputy taking a report regarding a breach of trust of a vehicle recognized the victim’s SUV as the one reportedly used by the “armed” robber. That led law enforcement to identify Tyler as the suspect.

Suspects are often charged with kidnapping in robbery cases because victims are made to feel as though they cannot leave the scene or contact authorities because of the threat of weapons. The CPD served warrants for the two counts of kidnapping and two counts of “robbery/armed robbery, robbery while armed or allegedly armed with a deadly weapon” on Tyler on January 26 at Richland County’s Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center where he was being held on an unrelated charge.

Although the two kidnapping charges have been dismissed, Tyler still faces the armed robbery charges. He is now being held at the Kershaw County Detention with bond denied on those charges. Online records did not show when Tyler’s next court date will be. However, they did show where his attorney was scheduled to file a motion for bond on Tuesday afternoon.

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